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Ph.D. Dissertations in Progress

  • David Bolingbroke, “Atomic Restoration: An Environmental History of the Hanford Nuclear Site.”
  • Brian Stack,  “‘In Certain Western Areas of the United States’: Bestiality, Sexuality, and Animals at the turn of the Twentieth Century”
Washington State University home economics lab, early 1900s. Courtesy of WSU Libraries, MASC.
Washington State University home economics lab, early 1900s. Courtesy of WSU Libraries, MASC. Learn more about this image

Recent Dissertations

  • Gregory James Atkins, “America’s Theopolis: Boosters, Businesses, and Christian Nonprofits in Colorado Springs, 1871-2000.” (2019)
  • Hans-Petter Grav, “Vesterheim in Red, White, and Blue: The Hyphenated Norwegian-American and Regional Identity in the Pacific Northwest, 1890 – 1950.” (2017)
  • Trevor James Bond, “Why should we have to buy our own things back?”  The Struggle over the Spalding-Allen Collection.” (2017)
  • Jacki Hedlund Tyler, “The Power of Political Chatter: Settler Colonialism and the Construction of Race, Gender, and Citizenship in Oregon” (2015)
  • Laura Arata, “Building Freedom in the Territorial West: Sarah Bickford and Virginia City’s African American Community, 1870-1930” (2014)
  • Beth Erdey, “Wildly Contentious: The Battle for North Central Idaho’s Roads, Rivers, and Wilderness” (2013)
  • Lee Ann Powell, “Culture, Cold War, Conservatism, and the End of the Atomic Age: Richland, Washington, 1943-1989” (2013)
  • Jennifer Brown, “Trout Culture: An Environmental History of Fishing in the Rocky Mountain West, 1860-1975” (2012)
  • Kathleen Fry, “Farming the Water: Japanese Oyster Laborers in Washington State and the Creation of a Trans-Pacific Industry” (2011)
  • Marc Entze, “Deconsruction the Countryside: Agriculture and Railroad Abandonment in the Pacific Northwest Wheat Belt, 1900-1990” (2010)
  • Chris Allan, “Locked Up! Fear and Loathing and the Creation of National Parks in Alaska” (2010)
  • Amanda Van Lanen, “‘We have grown fine fruit whether we would or not’: The History of the Washington State Apple Industry, 1880–1930” (2009)
  • Steven E. Shay, “Here Once the Embattled Farmer Stood: The Rise and Fall of the Montana Freeman” (2008)
  • Cynthia Kaag, “The Science of Wine: Washington State University Scientists and the Development of the Washington Wine Industry, 1937–1992” (2008)
  • Amy Canfield, “The ‘Annoying Question of Water’: Trust-Fund Violations and Federal Mismanagement on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, 1891–1916” (2008)
  • Katherine Johnson Ringsmuth, “The Living World of Aniakchak: How Fire, Furs, and Fish Shaped History on the Central Alaska Peninsula” (2005)
  • William Johnson, “Amerada Hess O Alaska: Alaska Litigates for Royalties: 1977-1992” (2005)
  • Diane Krahe, “Last Refuge: The Uneasy Embrace of Indian Lands by the National Wilderness Movement, 1937–1965” (2005)
  • Janet Creighton, “Cultural Resources in Conflict: Historic Preservation and Private Property at Northwest Landing, Dupont, Washington” (2004)
  • Michelle Tabit, “Remaining Relevant: Home Economics at the University of Idaho, 1902–1980” (2004)
  • Carli Schiffner, “Continuing to ‘Do Everything’ in Oregon: The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, 1900–1945 and Beyond” (2004)
  • Jeffrey Johnson, “Socialist Party Politics and Activism in the Northwest, 1895–1925” (2004)
  • Jeffrey Crane, “Finding the River: The Destruction and Restoration of the Kennebec and Elwha Rivers” (2004)
  • Andrew Duffin, “Fill the Earth and Subdue It: The Environmental Consequences of Intensive Agriculture in the Palouse” (2003)
  • Kevin Marsh, “Drawing Lines in the Woods: Debating Wilderness Boundaries on National Forest Lands in the Cascade Mountains, 1950–1984” (2002)
  • Dwayne Mack, “Triumphing through Adversity: African Americans in Spokane, Washington, 1945–1965—A Social History” (2002)
  • Brenda Jackson, “Finding Solace after the Storm: Thomas and Elizabeth Tannatt and the Post–Civil War Inland Empire” (2002)

Recent Master’s Theses

  • Laura Briere, “More Than Meets the Eye: The Shoshone-Bannock Response to Education at Fort Hall, Idaho 1904-1946” (2018)
  • Sarah Beth Gumm, “Tis the Best Joy that Anyone Can Ask: Progressive Era Women’s Clubs in Tacoma, Washington” (2018)
  • Jason Hogstad, “Splitting Hares: Eastern Oregon Pest Control and the Urban/Rural Divide, 1900-1925” (2016)
  • James Anderson, “Seeing America’s Alps: Visual Media and the Creation of North Cascades National Park” (2016)
  • Joni Ford, “Lowered Expectations: Mary Walker and the Disappointments of Mission Life, 1839-1848” (2015)
  • Michael Dennis, “An ‘Un-American’ Objection: Mennonite Conscientious Objectors and American Antagonism in Kansas During World War I” (2015)
  • Brian Stack, “Sodomists and Citizens: The Washington State Sodomy Law at the Turn of the Twentieth Century” (2015)
  • April Grube, “’From Honeymoon to Massacre: Memory and Remembrance of Marcus Whitman, 1847-1962” (2014)
  • Robert Franklin, “‘Matanuska? Mister, She’s Tough’: New Deal Agricultural Settlement in Alaska, 1933-1940” (2014)
  • Dulce Kersting, “’In all Truthfullness as I Remember it’: Deciphering Myth and Memory in Cowboy Memoirs” (2013)
  • Kristopher Skelton, “Trapped in the Fur Trade: Debt Bondage in the Rocky Mountains, 1822-1827(2013)
  • Shari Condit, “The Women of Home and Equality: Constructing Their Own Utopias in the Pacific Northwest” (2013)
  • Kelly Ann Krench, “Transportation and the Transformation of a Small Town: Wagon Roads, Trains, Pavement and the Development of Colton, Washington” (2011)
  • Paul Warden, “Reorganize or Perish: William Edgar Borah and the Republican Civil War, 1930-1936” (2011)
  • Todd M. Sulloway, “Repatriation, NAGPRA, and Cultural Resource Management: A Case Study of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation” (2011)
  • Rachel Johnson, “The Navajo Special Program in the Pacific Northwest: Educating Navajo Students at Cehmawa Indian Boarding School, 1946-57” (2010)
  • Michael Stewarts, “Carpet Bagger Trailblazers in the Pacific Northwest: The Lives of Simon Barclay Conover and William F. Prosser” (2010)
  • Jeannine Schneider, “Colliding Cultures: The Changing Landscapes of Mission San Francisco Solano, 1823-1846” (2010)
  • Benjamin Smith, “Public Participation and the Northwest Power Act of 1980” (2008)
  • Laura Arata, “Embers of the Social City: Business, Consumption, and Material Culture in Virginia City, Montana, 1863–1945” (2007)
  • Lindsay Thompson, “From the Rocky Mountains to the Ho Chi Minh Trail: Montana’s Reaction to the Vietnam War” (2006)
  • Lynette Scriver, “Lemhi Shoshone of Idaho Territory: Mormons, Gold, Treaties, and an Executive Order, 1855 to 1875” (2008)
  • Patrick M. King, “Labor and Mechanization: The Hop Industry in Yakima Valley, 1866–1950” (2008)
  • Melissa Williams, “Those Who Desire Very Much to Stay: African Americans and Housing in Vancouver, Washington, 1940 to 1960” (2007)
  • Cara Lynn Kaser, “A Narrative and Survey Report of Historic Church Buildings in Latah County, Idaho” (2007)
  • Lee Ann Hall, “Making Plutonium, Re-Making Richland: Atomic Heritage and Community Identity, Richland, Washington, 1943–1963” (2007)
  • Matthew Hansbury, “The Three Trials of the Nisqually Chief Leschi, Governor Isaac I. Stevens, and the Medicine Creek Treaty of 1855” (2006)
  • Rachel Lois Uthmann, “Finding Stability: Post-Soviet Russian Immigrants in Portland, Oregon” (2005)
  • Jon Flashnick, “The Unasked Oregon Question: A Re-Examination of the British Role in the Oregon Boundary Negotiations, 1827-1846” (2005)
  • Summer Hahn, “A Professor’s Neighborhood: College Hill, Pullman, Washington, 1893-Present” (2005)
  • Mark Moreno, “Mexican American Gangs, Migration, and Ethnic Identity in Eastern Washington, 1944–2004” (2004)
  • Salina Davis-Pavlovick, “Camp Rimini, Montana, 1939–1944: A History” (2004)
  • Amanda Van Lanen, “It Was a Time When the Promoter Promoted: Irrigation in Wenatchee, Washington, 1890–1908” (2004)
  • Robin Payne, “Reel Disillusion: The New Hollywood of the Late 1960s and 1970s and Its Reflection of Social Discontent” (2004)
  • Any Canfield, “The Pocatello Land Rush of 1902 and the Fort Hall Indian Reservation: A Study of Allotment, Surplus Lands, and Trust-Fund Violations, 1867–1907” (2004)
  • Ben Baughman, “William Craig in Nez Perce Country: Mountain Man, Interpreter, and Indian Agent, 1807–1869” (2003)
  • Tim Zacharias, “Lest We Forget: A Prospographic Analysis of Oregon’s Constitutional Convention of 1857” (2003)
  • Norman Turnipseed, “Based on a True Story: Lewis and Clark and the Search for a Useful Past” (2003)
  • Spencer Bryce, “Canyonlands National Park: A Cultural Resource Assessment”
  • Jon Middaugh, “Limiting Mobility: Migrant Farm Workers in the Yakima Valley, Washington, 1965–1975” (2002)